Lyon – Toulouse – Friday 19:30 GMT
It was another disappointing performance in Europe for Lyon. They still have not won in the Champions League this season after a draw and two defeats. They struggled away at Zenit on Tuesday and somehow are made to play again on Friday by the French league, at home against Toulouse. In a way, it may be good for Lyon to get back on the pitch quickly to try to make amends for their poor display in Russia.
The atmosphere is tense in and around the team. Two players had a fight last Sunday in the dressing room and the manager’s choices were wrong on Tuesday. On top of that, there were too many individual errors that led l’OL to the loss. They need to bounce back once again. They are sixth now and a win on Friday would bring them level with arch-rivals St Etienne in fourth place. But they are having a very inconsistent season too. They are yet to win two games in a row in Ligue 1. They usually have one good half and one poor half, which obviously makes it difficult to win games.
It was the case again last Friday against Monaco. They have a great home record against Toulouse who haven’t won on any of their last ten visits at the Stade Gerland. Alexandre Lacazette is not as prolific as last season but he is getting better and scored a wonderful back heel against Zenit. Lyon needs more from Valbuena though, who still has not scored and defensively, they need to stop making mistakes and be more solid.
For Toulouse, the season is already very tough and it could get even tougher after this game. They need a result, even a draw would do, as they are already in a battle against relegation. They have not won since the opening game of the season. Since then, they lost four times and drawn five times. I can’t see them getting anything from this game and Lyon will win it comfortably.
The odds are massively in favour of Lyon with a home win at 1.70. A draw is at 3.50 and a Toulouse away win is at 5.60.
Alexandre Lacazette is favourite to score first at 4.50. My best tip is Lyon to score in both halves at 2.85.
Score prediction: Lyon 3 Toulouse 0 at 15.00